|12 to 6, coincidentally,|
It wasn't quite 6.12am when I took this shot, indeed it was about 12 to 6 but it was such a pleasant sight while the kettle was boiling that I indulged a little.
I was attending to some papers and preparing for work at the appointed time this morning. There was an advanced language class to prepare and that involves choosing some current affairs event in Japanese to work through in class. The internet has added a marvellous dimension to teaching a foreign language. Today I can click on to a video of Japanese news, with a transcript and students get visual and aural experiences immediately.
|Coffee and work, at 6.12am|
Today, by contrast, the NHK news will be up on the the web within minutes of it being on TV in Japan and I can click on via twitter, watch and listen. I know it makes me sound old, and I am, but I still marvel sometimes at how this all happens. Most of the news yesterday and today of course centred on the Fukushima nuclear disaster and particularly the tsunami memorials. So much remains so visible.
|6.12pm. Must be the office|
So at 6.12pm, surprise, surprise...there I was at the computer answering emails which had piled up during the day. I could easily stay in the office until 10pm each night and still not be done. ...Oh, wait...
|Sippy Downs at 8.12pm, 6.12pm Perth time|
The major Australian news today seemed to continue to revolve around the suspension of four cricketers from the national team. I was also a little disappointed to hear of disturbances emerging from the public gallery in Parliament House today during Question Time. As a former staffer, I do have a respect for the traditions of the institution. I think a little friendly heckling of our politicians, in its place, is fine. However, calling the Prime Minister names from the gallery, and continuing to do so in defiance of the Speaker, well, no. I want civil discourse, positive persuasion. There is a bitterness in our politics at the moment that I don't like. I guess that's my job, in the classroom and in public fora, to argue for a better way to sustain a better society, a civil society. We can do it.